Welcome to new Track Chairs for ISBE 2018


ISBE are delighted to welcome several new track chairs for this year’s conference in Birmingham. All bring great experience and knowledge to their subject communities, and will continue to raise the quality of papers being accepted for presentation at the annual conference. We look forward to welcoming them to our ISBE track chair team, and extend our thanks to them and all our hardworking Chairs.

For an update on the Track Chairs of our new freelancing track, please see here.

A reminder that abstracts are now being accepted for review. Deadline 15th April

Business Creation, Early Stage Development and Business Closure

Building on the strong work of Dr Christopher Brown over several years, we are pleased to welcome Professor George Saridakis of Kent Business School as the new Track Chair. Professor Saridakis has been an excellent supporter of the Business Creation track for many years, presenting and contributing regularly at the ISBE annual conference. Professor Saridakis is Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at Kent, where he directs the Centre for Employment, Competitiveness and Growth. He is also an Honorary Professor at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.

Business Support, Strategies and Practice

Many thanks to Drs Norin Arshed and Christophe Garonne for their successful chairing of the Business Support track. We are pleased to announce that Professor Sylvie Sammut of the University of Montpellier and Dr Nathalie Schieb-Bienfait of the University of Nantes will become the Joint Chairs for the track.

Professor Sammut was a Joint Chair for the track at ISBE 2016 in Paris. She is Deputy Director at the Montpellier Management Institute and Director of the MRM Entrepreneuriat Group, and Co-director of the Evaluation of Accompanying Structures program (Labex Entreprendre).


Dr Schieb-Bienfait is Associate Professor of Small Enterprise Management and Entrepreneurship at the IAE (Business Administration Institute) at the University of Nantes. She is also Research Director at the LEMNA – University of Nantes – and Associate Researcher at LABEX Entreprendre. Her research areas are entrepreneurship as practice, support of entrepreneurial strategies and entrepreneurship education.


Creative Industries Entrepreneurship

Although he will continue to be involved with the Creative track, founder Professor Andy Penaluna has now stepped down as Track Chair after seven years’ sterling work. Huge thanks to Andy for all his efforts. Current Chair Dr Charlotte Carey of Birmingham City University will be joined by Dr Stefania Romano of Edinburgh Napier University. Dr Romano has been an active presenter and supporter of the track for many years, and we are delighted to have her join the Track Chair community at ISBE.

Dr Romano joined Napier in the Department of Marketing, Sales and Entrepreneurship in March 2017 as a lecturer in Entrepreneurship. She teaches Managing Innovation at postgraduate level and she has taught on a variety of courses including Creative leadership, Creative Management and Marketing, Management and Strategy and Business Research. She has taught in Scotland, England, Italy and Qatar.



Entrepreneurial Practitioner Learning

Fresh from his term as ISBE President, we are very pleased to welcome track founder Professor Pauric McGowan of Ulster University as Joint Track Chair, alongside Dr David Higgins of Liverpool University. Professor McGowan holds the Chair for Entrepreneurship and Business Development in the Ulster Business School, and, between 2002 and May 2009, was the Director of the Northern Ireland Centre for Entrepreneurship, (NICENT) based at the University of Ulster. As Director of NICENT, he was responsible for providing leadership in the challenge to embed entrepreneurship in the curriculum across all faculties within the partner institutions of the centre, with particular responsibility for the University of Ulster, and for encouraging a greater practical engagement with entrepreneurial new venturing amongst staff and students.

He is a Fellow of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and a Distinguished Business Fellow of the University of Ulster.

Networks, Innovation and Policy

Many thanks to Dr Julie MacFarlane of Heriot-Watt University for all her hard work on the Networks & Innovation track. We are pleased to welcome Dr Andrew MacLaren of Heriot-Watt and Dr David C. Roach of Dalhousie University as new Joint Track Chairs.

Dr MacLaren is Assistant Professor of Marketing, Heriot-Watt University. His main research interests focus on the service industry. His PhD research focussed on entrepreneurial decision making in corporate environments and he has researched the role of entrepreneurship in women’s empowerment and cultural settlement in the American West. His outlook is international and he works throughout Europe, the USA, the Middle East, India and China. He has published widely on multiple topics, contributing in the domains of theory, method and industry practice.

Dr Roach is an Assistant Professor in the Rowe School of Business at Dalhousie University where he teaches graduate level courses in entrepreneurship, innovation and the commercialization of biomedical technologies. He lectures internationally in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, product development and technology marketing. Dr. Roach has been instrumental in many early-stage companies ranging from aerospace to biotechnology and brings a hands-on approach to the innovation process. He sits on the board of directors and acts in an advisory capacity for several small and medium-size enterprises in Canada. His research interests include product management practices of SMEs.

The Track Chairs comment, “The Networks track fundamentally is about how innovation is translated into performance by small business. This is a broad and complex area of research thus, we welcome both qualitative and quantitative work examining phenomena from business networking to social interaction. Research at the individual (actor) level, firm level, industry level or macro (policy) level are encouraged as are practitioner or theoretically based work”.


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